povrus (s.xiii1)

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povrus (s.xiii1)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: *8,58a pauper; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  povre (povros); DMF: ; TLF: ; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: 2153c pauper (pauperus) ]

This formation of povre1 followed by an -us suffix is rare (the DEAF documents one other use, povourous, in the early thirteenth-century Norman translation of the Rule of St.Benedict by Nicole) but may be a reflection of the medieval Latin variant pauperus instead of pauper. Alternatively, these Anglo-Norman attestation may be interpreted as deviant plural forms of povre1.


1statuspoor, needy
( 1291-92 )  le avant dit Aleyn e Aliz sa mere pur ceo ke il sount poverus priunt [...] ke vos les grantez un serjant pur eus issint ke lour dreyture ne seyt pas perdue  21
2mean, worthless
( MS: s.xiii1 )  scrupulorum: (J) des povruse waies(var. petite peres (R)MS: s.xiii1)  251
poveri  poverin  poveriser  poverison  poverissement  poverte  poverté  povraille  povrant  povre#1  povrement  povresce  povrus 
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